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Removing wildlife from your attic

Getting the Wildlife Out of Your Attic

Watch out—it’s that time of year again when critters begin finding their way into your home. As the weather continues to dip, all kinds of critters will seek shelter in warm and dry places such as your attic.

Wildlife removal

Be warned, if you happen to see signs of animals living in your attic, you must take action before they create nesting spots and birth their young. Otherwise, they will wreak havoc on your home. Signs include droppings, prints, and damage to your home and insulation. The noise, too, is a dead giveaway.

Blue Chip is always available to help you get this problem under control before you’ve got serious damage on your hands. If you prefer to try doing it yourself, here are a few ideas you can try.

Set up a trap

Place a trap in your attic or spaces where you think the wildlife is living. You can bait the trap with peanut butter or some other type of attractant that has a strong smell. Be sure to check back each day to see if you caught something. When you do catch a critter, you should be able to remove them without harm. Be sure you let them free far enough away that they can’t find their way back. Repeat this until you’ve removed all of the unwanted visitors and gone a week without any catches. By the way, you can purchase traps at one of our 3 offices which have a do it yourself section.

Check your home for entry points

Once you get your attic situation under control by removing the existing pests, you’ll need to close off the entry points they had been using to seek shelter. You definitely do not want to block the wildlife inside your home, so do be sure all of them are evacuated first.

And when you’re sure they’re gone, it’s time to take action so that you don’t have to contend with a repeat performance. This could depend on whether you’re dealing with nocturnal critters or not. For example, squirrels tend to leave during the day and return at night.

You can try sealing off any access points, vents, etc. from the inside using heavy duty mesh material like hardware cloth, or contact your local wildlife control professional St Louis-based Blue Chip to help expedite the process.

Keeping the critters out of your attic

Keeping Your Attic Clear

A common problem this time of year are the critters who sneak in to escape the cold temperatures outside. But, there’s hope! Here are ways to prevent this from happening and stop it from continuing.

Pest Free Attic

Find their entry point

How? It sounds easier said than done, right? Try this. From inside your attic, look for light shining in from outside. That’s a clear indication of a hole or gap that would appear as an invitation to these critters.

Small critters like squirrels can squeeze through the smallest of spaces to enter your home including gaps or rotted spaces. Typically, all they need are a hole the size of a human fist to enter. So you’ll need to walk around and search for these holes.

Use sheet metal to prevent tree climbing

Walk around the outside of your home. Do you have many tall trees that are close to your home? Close enough for a squirrel to jump from branch to roof? Any tree that is within six to eight feet is fair game to these trapeze artists.

To prevent the squirrels from using your trees to access your attic, wrap a two-foot band of sheet metal around the trunk of the tree six to eight feet above the ground. Trim tree limbs away from the house.

Remember to never seal entry points prematurely

Before you seal off the entry points, you have to be sure every critter is out. Here’s an easy way to know. Ball up some newspaper, stuff it inside the possible entry point, and wait a few days. When you check back in a few days, if the newspaper is gone, you’ll know the squirrels may be inside. But if the newspaper ball is still there, you are probably fine. Of course you can’t be sure, though.

Seal off all entry points

Back up. First, fix any rotting wood you find, install chimney caps and check for gaps in the flashing at the chimney base. Then seal off all entry points securely. Don’t forget to seal openings at these often forgotten places:

  • joints of siding
  • overhanging eaves
  • places where utility cables or pipes enter the house

Use a Wire Hardware Cloth

Using a staple gun, securely fasten quarter-inch wire hardware cloth over attic vents. Squirrels are chewers, so be sure you extend the cloth two inches beyond the hole in all directions. Spray the area with a repellant.

Call Blue Chip!

If at any time you decide to call a wildlife control professional, Blue Chip has the proven ability to help you with all of your rodent control needs.

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